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NAKIVO Backup And Replication v8.5 Beta Released!

Nakivo Backup and Replication v8.5 released with many improved and added options to backup and replication options. I have build a lab with this newly released backup product and it took only couple of minutes to protect my running Virtual Machines. Let’s see what’s new with Nakivo Backup and Replication v8.5.

With this release of Nakivo Backup and Replication v8.5 you can backup and recover Nutanix AHV VMs, replicate VMs directly from your backups which helps you to save your resources and time. One of the other important option is building a ransomware-proof mini backup appliance using a Raspberry PI as well as a Software-defined backup appliance using FreeNAS, not only that but also you can get all of these features with Auto-Update feature.

Download NAKIVO Backup and Replication v8.5 Beta

Support For Nutanix AHV

NAKIVO has added the Nutanix AHV backup support to protect it’s running VMs with an agentless, incremental, application-aware backup and recover them from in case of a failure.

The beauty of this feature is it reduce the storage consumption, and increased backup performance with the network acceleration.

Replicate From Backups

Taking multiple copies or move your backed up data to a different site is crucial in a backup strategy, but taking a backup and replicating at the same time adding an additional overhead to your compute resources. Nakivo Backup and Replication allows you to replicate your VMs to a different site from a taken backup.

That would be a great approach because normally, there should be two snapshots and it requires more compute resources to process the backup and replication operation, this “Replicate from backup” mechanism reduce the load of your physical host and the efficiency of the backup strategy.

Ransomware-Proof mini backup appliance with Raspberry Pi

This portable and affordable backup appliance solution offers many application options while it provides secure and sensitive protection at a minimal cost and it’s a Ransomware-proof for a Secure data protection. NAKIVO Backup and Replication restrict remote access to the taken backup with this Raspberry PI appliance.

You can have this fully functional portable backup appliance which can keep with you all the time within your eye sight to protect all your valuable files for just under $150.

FreeNAS Based Software-Defined Backup Appliance

This is another budget saving option for your environment while providing higher reliability and performance, building your own Software-Defined Backup Appliance.

In terms of reliability, this backup option write its data directly to the disks and it bypass the Networking protocols which enhance your VM backup job speed twice compared to the traditional VM backup solutions. One important thing about this solution is, it reduces the storage footprint by 10x with global data deduplication, variable compression, and ability to exclude swap data during the backup operation.

Auto Update Feature

Adding new features with backup is now right at your finger tips. Now you have the capability of downloading the latest updates along with the features within few clicks. It makes your life more easier while you can concentrate more on the other stability options in your infrastructure.

It Supports to Windows Server 2019

Do you have any concerns about upgrading your old Windows Server system in near future? You don’t need to worry about your backup server as now Nakivo Backup and Replication supports to the latest Windows Server release, Windows Server 2019.

Nakivo Backup and Replication v8.5 Beta Installation And Configuration

As I mentioned earlier, install took around 10 minutes to install on my Windows Server 2016, but please note that you are installing only a beta solution which is not recommended to install on a production environment. Clear message will be displayed on the screen at the very beginning of the installation.

Accept the License agreement and you can select the options such as “Full Installation, Multi tenant solution or just the Transporter“, Installation directory and port configuration can be changed under “Options”

Create a backup account with a cooperate email account, please note that free email addresses will not be allowed

Add the source environment which need to be backed up, Nutanix AHV is added with this beta release

Provide the vCenter details and add it to the Backup server

vCenter inventory will be displayed once it successfully added to the backup server

Add A New Transporter

Go to the Next Step and you’ll be seeing a self explanatory description about the transporter and, click on “Got It” button to continue

Deploy a new transporter, I have deployed an Onboard repository in the C:\ Drive, disk free space will be showing as the repository free space. Please note that creating a repository on the C: drive is not recommended in the production environment

Now, you can create the backup jobs to protect your Virtual Machines

Wrap-Up

NAKIVO Backup and Replication is very easy to deploy, manage and backup Virtual Machines without spending more time, and it saves more time while leaving your Virtual Machines to a high quality backup solution.

NAKIVO Backup and Replication v8.5 is currently in Beta stage and you download it and test in your environment.

Few versions are available for download and you can select the best version for your environment

Just give it a try and see how easy to manage your backup strategy and achieve your backup goals with NAKIVO Backup and Replication.

Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Specialist at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 7 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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